Poll: More Americans than ever want the Obamacare law repealed, and a majority disapprove of it
By David Martosko Daily Mail PUBLISHED: 24 July 2013
Protesters have been rallying against Obamacare since 2010, including a mass protest on the West lawn of the U.S. Capitol in March of that year
More Americans than ever before want to see the Affordable Care Act repealed, according to a poll released Wednesday. President Obama’s signature legislative achievement is officially under water, with more Americans saying they want Congress to scrap the law than those who want lawmakers to keep or expand it.
CBS News pollsters found that 39 per cent of adults want the law repealed. Thirty-six per cent want it left in place or broadened.
A true majority, 54 per cent, said they disapprove of the Obamacare law. That suggests that 18 per cent don’t like the law but would stop short of urging Congress to repeal it.
Just 36 per cent said they approve of the law, and 10 per cent responded that they don’t know about it.
On Tuesday a Washington Post/ABC News poll showed a narrower split, with 49 per cent disapproving and 42 per cent approving.
Americans in the CBS poll’s uninformed 10-per cent minority could find themselves behind the eight-ball on October 1, when the law’s individual mandate goes into effect. The White House has said it will delay for one year a requirement that employers certify that they provide insurance for their workers, but a similar mandate for individuals stands.
Thirteen per cent of Americans said they believe the health care law will personally ‘help me,’ while 38 per cent said the law will personally ‘hurt me.’
House Republicans have passed a pair of bills that aimed to agree with the president on delaying the employer mandate while demanding that the requirement for individuals also must be shifted to October 2015.
Some GOP lawmakers have challenged the legality of a unilateral White House action to delay the employer mandate, saying that the Obamacare law includes fixed dates that can’t be changed without an act of Congress.
October 1 is also the day open enrollment for health care exchanges will begin. The White House aims to enroll millions of uninsured Americans, including nearly 3 million young people, whose good health is expected to balance Obamacare’s books by subsidizing health care for the elderly and sick.
That looming enrollment kickoff date has the Obama administration in constant persuasion mode.
‘The health care law is a chronic issue for the White House,’ CBS News political director John Dickerson said Wednesday.
‘There’s an operational part to this, which is that the White House has got to get people to sign up for these health exchanges, particularly younger, healthier Americans, and so they are tactically running a campaign much like the presidential campaign, reaching out, using the techniques of that campaign to get younger people to sign up for these health exchanges.’
But CBS gave respondents in that poll the option of preferring that only ‘parts’ of the law should be repealed, resulting in a 45 per cent group who wanted Congress to take action.
Forty-one per cent of those polled in 2011 said they were happy leaving the law alone – 5 percentage points more than CBS found this week.
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